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Kingdom Tower in Jeddah | World’s Tallest Skyscraper under Construction

Kingdom Tower is the New 1000+m Skyscraper in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture designed The kingdom Tower to be the world’s tallest building about 1000+m, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, near the Red Sea. Jeddah Kingdom Tower will be the next future tallest building in the world.

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The tallest building in the world will be in Jaddah

Supertall building experts Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill are to complete the design for a stunning new tower to anchor the proposed $20bn Kingdom City masterplanning project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The firm carefully quashed internet rumours that they were working on a ‘mile-high’ tower, yet did not deny involvement in the Jeddah Kingdom Tower scheme. This morning His Royal Highness Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, nephew of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah and chairman of Kingdom Holding Company officially announced AS+GG as design architects of the project to awaiting media.

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Reassuringly elegant for a tower of such epic proportions – the completed Kingdom Tower will soar at over 1000m (at least 173m taller than the Burj Khalifa which currently holds the title of the world’s tallest building) with a total construction area of 530,000 sq m – the structure is being touted as a new marker of Jeddah’s importance as a gateway to the city of Mecca and has been directly inspired by the folded fronds of a young desert plant. Adrian Smith details: “With its slender, subtly asymmetrical massing, the tower evokes a bundle of leaves shooting up from the ground – a burst of new life that heralds more growth all around it.”

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Smith’s partner Gordon Gill continues: “The way the fronds sprout upward from the ground as a single form, then start separating from each other at the top, is an analogy of the new growth fused with technology.” The graceful needle is also designed to symbolize the city of Jeddah as an economic power and cultural leader, with a focus on the ‘strength and creative vision of its people’.

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Aside from the initial ‘wow-factor’ of the building’s statistics, AS+GG have been applauded for their sensitive design aesthetic. Talal Al Maiman, Executive Director, Development and Domestic Investments, a Board member of Kingdom Holding Company and a board member of JEC commented: “Prince Alwaleed, Mr. Bakhsh, Mr. Sharbatly and I were impressed by the boldness and simplicity of the AS+GG design. The Jeddah Kingdom Tower’s height is remarkable, obviously, but the building’s iconic status will not depend solely on that aspect. Its form is brilliantly sculpted, making it quite simply one of the most beautiful buildings in the world of any height.”

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Encased in the new spire’s glimmering façade will be a Four Seasons hotel, Four Seasons serviced apartments, Class A office Space, luxury condominiums and the world’s highest observatory. 59 elevators using the world’s most high-tech systems will be installed to provide ease of access, with 54 single-deck and 5 double-deck systems. The residential aspect has influenced the three-petal footprint of the design with tapering wings introducing an aerodynamic shape to reduce structural loading due to wind vortex shedding. All three sides of the Kingdom Tower sport a series of notches which form specifically engineered areas of shadow designed to fall on the outdoor terraces facing the city and Red Sea.

AS+GG is leading an interdisciplinary design team that also includes building services engineering consultants Environmental Systems Design, Inc. (ESD) and structural engineering consultants Thornton Tomasetti. The developer of Kingdom City, Jeddah Economic Company (JEC), selected the AS+GG scheme after a lengthy competition process in which SOM, Pickard Chilton, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Pelli Clarke Pelli and Foster + Partners also participated.

More Images about the kingdom Tower in Jeddah, click on for larger image:
  1. hoy g says


  2. steve says

    Wow, that is really big…seems like someone likes FLW. Looks similar to his Mile High Tower. Check out the link below. http://unbuilt.tumblr.com/post/1042212792/the-mil

  3. ikram rao says


  4. Roxie says

    WOW! AMazing!!!!

  5. LTT says

    another useless piece of architecture…

    1. zel says

      yup is useless coz everything will turn into dust in the end of times but so amazing!

  6. Mjj says

    Wow , This is amazing !

  7. mohamed faizal noor says

    masha allaha……!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Sultan Alghuraibi says


  9. mhichael says

    wow.. watch this. 🙂

  10. Limon Ahmed says


  11. Usman says

    wow, outstanding Architecture Design . I live in jeddah,realy hope full to see this saudi kingdom tower in jeddah. MUST WATCH IT.

  12. Joseph says

    And this is how a city I never heard before will become well known across the world. I must admit the Kingdom Tower is beautiful, and the architect knows his stuff. Watched an interview with Adrian Smith on http://www.kingdomtowerskyscraper.com and I think that not only will this be the tallest building in the world but also one of the most beautiful ones too!

    1. MEDO says


  13. thetop7 says

    Gonna be a tall building. I like it. http://thetop7.net/2011/08/17/facts-about-kingdom-tower

  14. Ajith - Dubai. says

    Excellent work Mr.Adrian. Your master pc.

  15. qazi says

    Really amazing!!! m going to work on it soon….

  16. Ahmed Khan says

    awesome monument..

  17. […] Jeddah Tower or Jiddah Tower (Arabic: برج جدة‎), previously known as Kingdom Tower and Mile-High Tower, is a skyscraper under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, at a preliminary cost of SR4.6 billion (US$1.23 billion). It will be the centerpiece and first phase of a SR75 billion (US$20 billion) proposed development known as Jeddah Economic City that will be located along the Red Sea on the north side of Jeddah. If completed as planned, the Jeddah Tower will reach unprecedented heights, becoming the tallest building in the world, as well as the first structure to reach the one-kilometer-high mark. (Initially planned to be 1.6 kilometers (1 mi) high, the geology of the area proved unsuitable for a tower of that height.) Jeddah Tower seeks to bring great changes in terms of development and tourism to the city of Jeddah, which is considered the most liberal city in Saudi Arabia. […]

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